|ELECTION RESULTS 2010|
MAYOR RECALLED 11-2-10 LMS
City of Salmon Mayor John Miller was recalled by a majority of voters in the November 2nd recall special election.
State law dictates that not only a majority of voters have to vote for the recall but that the number of votes favoring the recall must equal or exceed the number of votes cast for the officer in question at the last general election.
In Tuesday’s election 625 city residents voted to recall the mayor and 579 voted against the recall initiative. The numbers exceeded the 501 votes he received in the 2007 general election. The special election was conducted in conjunction with the general election however the recall ballots were hand-counted separately.
It will now be up to the Salmon City Council to choose the city’s next mayor. That person will hold the office for the remainder of Miller’s elected term which was to run through 2011. By state law, the council will be required to hold discussions on prospective choices only during meetings that are open to the public.
The recall was prompted by circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the city’s Police Chief last June. It was alleged at the time that instructions given the chief by the mayor went against state drunk driving codes.
In the two races for Lemhi County Commissioner, Second District incumbent Rick Snyder drew 2293 votes compared to the 1072 votes earned by his challenger Cindy Phelps.
In the Third District Commissioner race John Jakovac won over Barbara Miller with a vote of 2397 to 885.
County Coroner Mike Mitchell outdistanced a write-in campaign by John Bennett with a vote of 2198 to 694.
The offices of Clerk of the District Court, County Treasurer and County Assessor were not contested in the general election. Clerk Terri Morton drew 3019 votes, Treasurer Mary Ann Heiser topped that count with 3060 votes and Jenny Rosin gathered 2980 for her first term as County Assessor.
A total of 3429 Lemhi County registered voters voted in Tuesday’s election and achieved a voter turn out score of 67.9 percent.
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